It’s sakura season and we’re listing the best viewing spots around the globe.
As spring brings us nature’s beautiful scenic atmosphere, it’s also time for cherry blossoms to bloom. Like pink cotton clouds covering a skeleton tree, the sakura tree embodies the spirit of the Japanese nation. It represents the gracefulness and mortality of life. A notion of how life can be tremendously grand but also dreadfully brief, just like the ephemeral life span of cherry blossoms, which only last 16 days. Though synonymous to Japan, there are other places around the world to gaze and marvel at the beauty of cherry blossoms.
1. Jefferson Memorial – Washington D.C
A total of more than 3,000 cherry trees have been planted all over the city. Overlooking the Jefferson memorial is the tidal basin lined with about 1,700 of the Japanese cherry trees, a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo city on March 27, 1912, to the city of Washington. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is held where you get to see the blooms at their peak.
Blooming time: mid-March